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1,2-Dichloroethane

Philadelphia Water Department

1,2-Dichloroethane is a volatile carcinogenic chemical used to make plastic products such as polyvinyl chloride. Read More.

Also known as ethylene dichloride, it has been widely used as an intermediate for manufacturing other chemicals and as a solvent. 1,2-Dichloroethane causes multiple types of cancer in animal studies, and damages liver, kidneys, and the immune and nervous systems. The EPA classifies 1,2-dichloroethane as a probable human carcinogen.

Click here to read more about carcinogenic VOCs.

 

78

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND120ND
2013ND120ND
2014ND150ND
2015ND120ND
2016ND120ND
2017ND150ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.4 ppb for 1,2-dichloroethane was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The legal limit for 1,2-dichloroethane, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to 1,2-dichloroethane exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-08DW120208-001ND
2012-02-08DW120208-003ND
2012-02-08DW120208-000ND
2012-05-09DW120509-003ND
2012-05-09DW120509-000ND
2012-05-09DW120509-001ND
2012-08-15DW120815-003ND
2012-08-15DW120815-001ND
2012-08-15DW120815-000ND
2012-11-14DW121114-001ND
2012-11-14DW121114-003ND
2012-11-14DW121114-000ND
2013-02-13DW130213-000ND
2013-02-13DW130213-003ND
2013-02-13DW130213-001ND
2013-05-08DW130508-001ND
2013-05-08DW130508-003ND
2013-05-08DW130508-000ND
2013-08-14DW130814-003ND
2013-08-14DW130814-001ND
2013-08-14DW130814-000ND
2013-12-117311719ND
2013-12-117311718ND
2013-12-117311717ND
2014-02-12DW140212-000ND
2014-02-12DW140212-001ND
2014-02-12DW140212-003ND
2014-05-147468948ND
2014-05-147463348ND
2014-05-147463349ND
2014-05-147468949ND
2014-05-147463350ND
2014-05-147468950ND
2014-08-137570046ND
2014-08-137570048ND
2014-08-137570047ND
2014-11-19DW141119-019ND
2014-11-19DW141119-038ND
2014-11-19DW141119-002ND
2015-02-1112406496ND
2015-02-1112406536ND
2015-02-1112406516ND
2015-05-1312754268ND
2015-05-1312754288ND
2015-05-1312754308ND
2015-08-1213140275ND
2015-08-1213140295ND
2015-08-1213140315ND
2015-11-1813518596ND
2015-11-1813518616ND
2015-11-1813518636ND
2016-02-1013874730ND
2016-02-1013874710ND
2016-02-1013874690ND
2016-05-1114257231ND
2016-05-1114257191ND
2016-05-1114257211ND
2016-08-1014741972ND
2016-08-1014742012ND
2016-08-1014741992ND
2016-11-0915231708ND
2016-11-0915231748ND
2016-11-0915231728ND
2017-02-0815661985ND
2017-02-0815662025ND
2017-02-0815662005ND
2017-05-1016100828ND
2017-05-1016101788ND
2017-05-1016101808ND
2017-05-1016100848ND
2017-05-1016101768ND
2017-05-1016100808ND
2017-08-0916572481ND
2017-08-0916572521ND
2017-08-0916572501ND
2017-11-0817029215ND
2017-11-0817029195ND
2017-11-0817029175ND